HOUSTON (October 30) â€“ For the second time in two weeks Pennzoilâ€™s Top Fuel driver Eddie Hill experienced a major Engine failure which lead to a huge fireball resulting in major damage to Hillâ€™s dragster and landing the Texas Top Fuel...
HOUSTON (October 30) – For the second time in two weeks Pennzoil’s Top Fuel driver Eddie Hill experienced a major Engine failure which lead to a huge fireball resulting in major damage to Hill’s dragster and landing the Texas Top Fuel driver in the hospital with back injuries. As Hill neared the finish line in his third qualifying attempt at Houston’s Raceway park his rear engine top fuel dragster appeared to have a lower engine fire then the engine block exploded and broke in half sending pieces of the super charger and block into the cockpit of Hill’s racer. Hill had exceeded 299 miles per hour when the first fire broke out and pieces of his engine went everywhere. Cory McClenthan was racing next to Hill as they crossed the finish line and said “ I saw the cam shaft coming at me, it hit my car and along with a number of other parts. After we shut down I found four holes in my parachute from other flying objects coming from Hill engine. It was something I don’t want to see again, I felt I was in the battle zone. I really feel sorry for Eddie and his team.”
Hill was cut from his car by NHRA Safety Crews and was taken to Bay Coast Medical Center. He appeared to have a compression fracture of the lower back according to hospital personal.
Hill Team member and engine management specialist Al Weiss states that they are building so much power in these Fuel cars the engine block appears to the a weak link in the engine management system. “ We need to take a serious look at the situation, I just saw Joe Amato do the same thing and he is running the same engine block.” Weiss also went on to say that he is not sure if Eddie Hill will be competing in the Winston World Finals in Pomona, CA on November 14, due to not having enough engine parts and their primary car is in the chassis shop getting a new back half put on it.
Hill is qualified fifth for Sunday’s elimination’s with a qualify time of 4.596 seconds at 315.86 miles per hour.
Other Pennzoil Racing news from Houston Raceway Park.
Outlaw Fuel Additive Pro Stock driver Bruce Allen stunned the Texas crowd with a pole winning 6.839 second run at 199.64 miles per hour. Allen had this to say about his career fastest time.” I really this track we studied our notes set the car up to run a fast lap and I guess you could say a plan came together. The track surface here is like driving on a billiard table the air conditions were prefect and we ran a fast lap, I’m really excited for the team we have worked hard and tonight it paid off.”
Pennzoil Pro Stock driver Mike Thomas put his Pontiac Firebird in the 15th qualifying position with a 6.925 Elapsed time at 198.00 miles per hour. Thomas will face.